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  1. Bring back the Database Window

    The Nav Pain is thoroughly unsuitable as a UI for very large, well-established projects. Small, user-created files with 10's of objects are suitable for the Nav Pane, but large, professionally developed files with thousands of objects are most certainly not. The Nav Pane lacks the visual differentiation to make finding objects simple -- and no, search is not a substitute for a good visually-oriented UI design.
    The Nav Pane is a drag on developer productivity

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    17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have heard from customers who have been using the database window for a long time that they would like us to bring it back, as it is superior to the Nav Pane.

    At this point we have no current plan to bring it back.

    However, if you have specific suggestions on how to improve the Nav Pane, please submit them as separate items.

    Thanks,
    Access Team

  2. Quit trying to "dummy down" MS Access. That's like trying to make controls on a jet easier for a novice to fly it.

    Access is an integrated development platform. I have clients who create Access apps "easily", thinking what they did is the best thing since sliced bread. A developer like me (23 years) has to go in and basically revamp the whole app because they did not follow proper design/development protocols. Work on making Access more stable and powerful, to be used with the rest of the MS Office suite.

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    8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for posting. We have read the post and all comments.

    Since this is not a new idea/suggestion per se, and we’ve noted the underlying requests, I’m updating the status to No Current Plan so you can have your votes back.

  3. We need VBA development environment for Access Web Apps.

    Macros in Access Web Apps take us back to the earlier versions of Access. If Access Web Apps is equipped with a professional VBA development environment then I feel the forthcoming versions of Access Web Apps can be a tough competition for other development tools being currently used in the market. There are a million VBA developers in the market then that for any other tool as of date. Please let us have VBA in Access Web Apps, we can really change the way Access has been criticized till date. We want to create more robust web based apps using…

    68 votes
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  4. Improve the Visual Basic Development Environment to be similar to Visual Studio

    When working in Visual Studio the VBA VBE seems so primitive. See the features here
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/efc4xwkb.aspx

    The features in the Visual Studio text editor make writing, navigating, and debugging code so much simple:

    The Visual Studio editor provides many features that make it easier for you to write and manage your code. You can expand and collapse different blocks of code by using outlining. You can learn more about the code you are using by using IntelliSense, the Object Browser, and the Call Hierarchy. You can navigate inside your code by using features such as Navigate To, Go To Definition,…

    66 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for weighing in on this.
    VBA is very important to us, and we’ll continue to add object model for new features (see http://dev.office.com/blogs/VBA-improvements-in-Office-2016), so you have programmable access to all of the capabilities of the application.
    However, changes to VBA are driven cross Office apps and not directly by Access team, so I’m declining this request so you can re-use your votes.

    Feel free to follow the developer blog http://dev.office.com/blogs, where we’ll communicate changes to VBA.

  5. Provide a native grid control similar to the visual studio gridview or even the old flexgrid.

    A grid control provides the means to show tabular data. Some features include
    - Sorting by column
    - Moving columns by dragging
    - Selecting individual cells
    - Formatting individual row, columns, or cells
    - Control columns such as checkboxes for selecting a row
    - Edit cell of data
    - Spreadsheet type movement

    The capabilities provided by the Visual Studio gridview is a great example. The features that this provides are far beyond what is capable in Access especially when dealing with unbound data. A common example that I see on the message boards is a user want to build a…

    303 votes
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    No Current Plan  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. ODBC drivers to handle more dates and bigint correctly.

    Momentarily you have for SQL Server 2 drivers the good one, which is idiotically depreciated and the slower ODBC one, which is "the future" If using the old one bigint, datetime2 datetimeoffset date and time are "TEXT" ODBC converts 2 more datetime2 and date but the rest still is "TEXT" - why ?

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  7. Add the facilities and features of Power Query and Power Pivot to Access as an add-in module

    Power Query is supercharged with Extract, Transform, Load features. The Access Import features are getting way old.

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    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks Amanda for suggesting.
    We are reviewing similar requests (for example https://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop-application/suggestions/11156427-include-the-ability-to-connect-to-new-data-sources).
    However, it will be valuable to understand which new data sources and functionalities are appealing (in the other suggestion/new specific suggestion).

    I’m updating the status to ‘no Current Plan’ so that you can reuse your votes.

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  8. Give us LARGER DATABASES

    The 2GB file size limit is becoming more of a problem. Given the current size limits on filesystems, and the increasing use of larger and larger datasets, this size limit is beginning to cramp the style of Access Developers and customers alike. SQL Server's local file store supported 10GB file sizes - why not make Access do the same?

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  9. Conditional Formatting for Buttons, Option Frames, and more Control Types

    If would be nice to have Conditional Formatting for Buttons, Option Frames, and more Control Types. For instance, disable something if something else is null ~

    On Rectangles, Lines, and other controls that cannot be bound, it would also be nice to allow conditional formatting based on expressions.

    thank you

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